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Zara Name Meaning

Italian: habitational name from the Italian name for the city of Zadar on the Dalmatian coast in former Yugoslavia. Italian: in Sicily, possibly from a variant of zagara, zagra, zaara ‘orange flower’, or, in Venezia, possibly a variant of Zadra. Spanish: probably a metronymic from the female personal name Sara, Zara (see Sara). Basque: topographic name from Basque zara ‘wood’, ‘thicket’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Bara, Fara, Kara, Gara, Vara, Sara, Zarra, Mars, Hora, Tara

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Where is the Zara family from?

You can see how Zara families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Zara family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Zara families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 9 Zara families living in Maine. This was about 41% of all the recorded Zara's in USA. Maine had the highest population of Zara families in 1880.
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What did your Zara ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Zara. 30% of Zara men worked as a Laborer and 60% of Zara women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Zara were New Worker and Domestic. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    30%
  • Miner
    17%
  • Shipping Clerk
    10%
  • New Worker
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    60%
  • Domestic
    40%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 425 military records available for the last name Zara. For the veterans among your Zara ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Zara lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Zara life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Zara in 1953 was 49, and 92 in 2004.

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